Active travel is what they call walking and bicycling in Wales. And Wales has recently passed the world’s first active travel legislation, the Active Travel Act of 2013.
Under this Act, “all local authorities must prepare a map of existing routes within 1 year; in addition, each local authority has to prepare an integrated network map of new and improved active travel routes within 3 years. What’s more, the authorities have to involve citizens and local stakeholders throughout the process… The Act provides for a 5 year lead time to assess to what extent it has delivered.”
According to the article posted on the European Cyclists’ Federation website, it’s a beginning.
And beginnings are good.
P.S. Check out the photo of the cycling bridge in the article. Cool!